The advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah Region, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, agreed to hold the Makkah Days of Programming and Artificial Intelligence during the 9 and 10 of next February, which aim to provide digital solutions that enhance the transformation system in the region and its governorates.
This came during Prince Khaled Al-Faisal presiding over a meeting at the emirate’s headquarters in Jeddah, during which he was briefed on the work and achievements of the Makkah Cultural Forum in its current season under the title “How can we be an example in the digital world?” Since its launch in Muharram at the beginning of this year.
The general supervisor of the forum, Sultan Al-Dossary, explained during the meeting that the forum has achieved, since its launch more than 4 months ago, many gains, the most prominent of which is the creation of smart phone applications and digital electronic platforms that enhance the use of technology in the region, and the creation of digital role models adopted by prominent companies Such as “Google” and “Amazon”, to develop the capabilities of the people of the region and develop their ideas. In addition, more than 20 contracts have been signed to implement research and innovations serving the region. The forum also worked to attract local and international scholars in the digital field, and to organize dialogues and training courses targeting people of the region in digital fields.
Days for programming
Makkah Days of Programming and Artificial Intelligence will witness the presence of local and international scientists specializing in the digital field. It will also have the participation of governmental and private universities in the region. While the participants, as entities and individuals, will enrich the digital transformation.
From idea to application
The General Supervisor of the Forum noted that the initiatives presented took into account digital services and the uses of smart systems, to transform Makkah into a pioneering digital system, and at the same time, it carries creative ideas in line with the standards required in the use of mobile applications and websites in order to serve individuals and various sectors, and take into account the initiatives The best methods for harnessing computer programs in the application and transformation of ideas into reality that can be used in various fields, and will be crowned, at the end of the current session of the forum, the three innovation awards that are presented to institutions and individuals in addition to the provincial initiatives.
The General Supervisor of the Forum stated that one of the most prominent initiatives of the Makkah Cultural Forum this year is the establishment of the Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Chair for Future Cities, which will be hosted by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). In this regard, 16 international universities have been addressed to nominate a professor to oversee the chair, who will undertake the preparation and adoption of research, studies and digital projects that contribute to the transformation of the cities of the Makkah region into smart.
Digitization and innovation
Al-Dossary pointed out that the Makkah Digital Portal for Research and Innovation, implemented by Al-Founder University, received in 40 days more than 243 proposals, which are responsible for harnessing research and innovations in order to meet the environmental, health, industrial, administrative and social challenges in the region through an electronic platform, in which scientists, researchers and innovators provide solutions Innovative scientific. The university allocated two million riyals for the winners, at a rate of 100,000 riyals for each winner.